Carol and Tom recently visited the Isle of Harris and met up with just a few of the 200 weavers on the island.
Tweed is a unique fabric with the weavers all having their own designs,
inspired by the natural colours of the island. They work independently, typically from weaving sheds in their gardens or on a croft, using looms many of which date back over 50 years.
We made a video of Donald John Mackay MBE. who was chosen by Nike to make 10,000 metres of tweed for their tweed trainers, he had to enlist many of the island’s weavers to deliver the order. Donald’s shed is near Luskentyre beach, which we believe to be one of the most beautiful beaches in the world.
You can view Donald John at work click here.
We also met Rebecca Hutton from Taobh Tuath Tweed, based in the village of Norton who makes the gorgeous pink tweed that we have used to make some beautiful coats and jackets.
Our final visit was to Norman McKenzie at Carloway, around the corner from Dailbaeg beach.
We would like to say a big thank you for their hospitality and promise we will be back soon.
To find out more check out the Harris Tweed Authority website